When the Model 9 Sunbeam was released in 1924, motorcycles of its class were still priced in guineas (one pound, one shilling), not pounds, reflecting their role as a gentleman’s conveyance. Of all the British motorcycle manufacturers during the 1920s, Sunbeam reigned supreme as the purveyor of quality, single-cylinder motorcycles. Built by craftsmen dedicated to attention to detail, Sunbeams exhibited some of the finest workmanship and finish of all singles built in England.
Although Sunbeam’s reputation was built on the success of its side-valve singles, in 1924 it introduced two new overhead-valve models: the 350cc Model 8 and 500cc Model 9 that soon earned a reputation as a very fast and reliable sports tourer.
This fine example was restored in South Africa in 1981 and used for many rallies after including the 600km Durban to Johannesburg rally which it completed three times. Acquired by vendor in 2009 it was brought to the UK and re registered with a UK V5C logbook which is supplied. Described as in good condition having had recent valve /valve guide work it is reported to start easily and run very well. Also supplied with a folder documenting restoration work in the 1980’s and a VMCC dating cert.